The first quarter of 2021 has been one of investor optimism as the vaccine rollout continues ahead of expectations and economic activity begins to accelerate in response. Within the Health IT industry, the already strong investment and M&A trends seen in 2020 have only accelerated. Over the… Read More »Q1 2021 Health IT/Digital Health PC/VE, M&A, IPOs/ SPACs Activity
What You Should Know: – Today, Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched the next phase of Diagnostic Development Initiative and expanded funding scope. – In the first phase of the initiative, AWS has supported 87 organizations to date through this effort ranging from startups, nonprofits, research institutions, and businesses in 17 countries and awarded $8 million in computing credits… Read More »AWS Launches Next Phase of Diagnostic Development Initiative
What You Should Know: – TytoCare has partnered with GIVA Care Group, a leading healthcare distribution company, to bring its all-in-one remote examination solution to the Ukrainian healthcare industry. – The partnership with GIVA Care will mark the first implementation of the TytoCare telehealth solution in Eastern Europe. As the sole distributor of TytoCare in Ukraine, GIVA Care is making the solution available to local physicians and healthcare… Read More »TytoCare & GIVA Care Partner to Bring Telehealth to Ukraine
Michael D. Robinson Vice President, Healthcare North America at VMware In the turmoil of one of the hardest years the healthcare industry has experienced, many healthcare organizations innovated nearly overnight, transforming bedside tablets into virtual care providers and parking garages into field hospitals. Through the… Read More »Why the Digital-First, Patient-Centered Care is Critical to Healthcare
Exscientia was the first company to start human trials of a new drug designed using artificial intelligence (AI) last year, and now says it has started testing of the first AI candidate for immuno-oncology. Oxford, UK-based Exscientia has been working with German biotech Evotec on… Read More »Exscientia starts trials of first AI-derived cancer immunotherapy
Digital health startup Better Therapeutics plans to go public through a SPAC merger that would value it at $187 million. The company is currently running a pivotal study to see if its app-based program could be used as a treatment for type 2 diabetes.
UK artificial intelligence specialist Healx has begun a partnership with two medical charities that aims to uncover new therapies for the neurodegenerative disease Friedreich’s ataxia (FA). Healx has joined forces with Ataxia UK and the US-based Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) on the project, and… Read More »Healx deploys its AI in hunt for Friedreich’s ataxia therapies
What You Should Know: Last week saw Dedalus complete the purchase of DXC’s healthcare provider business for $450M, a deal that was originally announced in July 2020. – DXC was created in 2017 via the merger of CSC and the Enterprise Services business of Hewlett… Read More »Dedalus Completes Acquisition of DXC’s Provider Healthcare Business – M&A Analysis
What You Should Know: – Philips and Ibex Medical Analytics announced a strategic partnership to globally commercialize clinically proven, AI-powered digital pathology solutions. The collaboration further cements Philips’ commitment to integrated diagnostics providing a clear path to precision diagnosis. – The trend towards centralized pathology labs, the… Read More »Philips, Ibex Medical Analytics Partner on AI-Powered Digital Pathology Adoption
A digital tool used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is being tested to see if it can help counter lingering, fuzzy thinking in COVID-19 survivors, a condition sometimes known as ‘brain fog’. An app called EndeavorRx – developed by PureTech Health-backed Akili Interactive –… Read More »Digital tool will be tested against COVID-19 ‘brain fog’
Diane Comer, Chief Technology Officer at Kaiser Permanente What You Should Know: – Kaiser Permanente announced today that Diane Comer has been named the new chief information technology officer. – In this role, she will lead Kaiser Permanente’s focus on developing and delivering innovative, strategic… Read More »Kaiser Names Diane Come New Chief Technology Officer
What You Should Know: – Today, Deep Lens and Cardinal Health announced a strategic collaboration that will integrate Deep Lens’ AI-based clinical trial matching solution, VIPER, into community-based oncology practices throughout the Cardinal network. VIPER will be a part of Cardinal Health’s new Navista advanced… Read More »Cardinal Health and Deep Lens Collaborate for AI-based Oncology Clinical Trial Matching
The drugmaker struck a collaboration agreement with Mass General to use its platform for heart failure and asthma management. The health system plans to launch two pilots of the digital health platform.
What You Should Know: – Today, Empathy, a digital companion app combining technology and human support to empower bereaved families, is coming out of stealth with $13M in seed funding, backed by major VC firms including General Catalyst and Aleph. – Empathy’s technology streamlines the bureaucracy… Read More »Digital Companion App Empathy Raises $13M to Help Families Deal with Death
What You Should Know: – Blue Shield of California is enhancing its popular Wellvolution program by adding two new services that provide personalized care and nutrition support for members living with or at risk for Type 2 diabetes. – Wellvolution is a digitally based lifestyle… Read More »Blue Shield of CA Expands into Digital Health with Wellvolution Expansion
UK digital health company Oxehealth has claimed FDA approval for software that can be used to remotely measure vital signs like heart and breathing rates from a camera feed. Oxehealth Vital Signs – which has been approved as a class IIa medical device in Europe… Read More »FDA green lights Oxehealth vital signs monitoring software
A new organisation dedicated to increasing the use of digital health in the NHS in Wales has come into being, 18 months after the move was first unveiled by the Welsh government. Digital Health and Care Wales (DHCW) – which has emerged from the now… Read More »Wales forms authority to drive digital health in NHS
Digital health startups raised a record-breaking $6.7 billion in the first quarter of 2021. Large funding rounds propelled them past previous months.
What You Should Know: – b.well Connected Health today announced a partnership with Mastercard to provide individuals a simpler and more secure way to prove their identity online and in-person when accessing healthcare services. – The partnership enables healthcare organizations to provide their members and patients with a… Read More »Mastercard, b.well Team Up on Digital Health Patient ID Verification for Interoperability
What You Should Know: – Oneview Healthcare collaborated with long-time client, NYU Langone Health, to roll out a virtual patient engagement platform in response to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. – CXP Cloud Enterprise powered by Microsoft Azure technology with the use of Samsung… Read More »Oneview Healthcare Launches Cloud-Based Virtual Care Experience Platform
What You Should Know: – Today, CVS Caremark, the Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) of CVS Health announced a larger PBM contract with the Government-wide Service Benefit Plan (also known as the Federal Employee Program), which has provided benefits to the federal workforce for 60 years… Read More »CVS Health Inks Larger PBM Contract with Federal Employee Program, Adds Specialty Pharmacy Care
What You Should Know: – SOC Telemed, today announced the acquisition of Dallas-based Access Physicians in a deal valued at $194 million in cash and stock to become the largest pure-play provider of acute telemedicine in the country. – The company will deliver care to… Read More »SOC Telemed Acquires Access Physicians for $194M to Form Largest Acute Telemedicine Provider
What You Should Know: – ProPhase Labs, Inc., a diversified medical science and technology company, announced today that it has acquired the “VaccTrack” suite of digital solutions that can provide secure and reliable certification of a user’s vaccination and Covid testing results. – A digital… Read More »ProPhase Labs Acquires Digital COVID-19 Vaccination Passport
BrightInsight, a startup developing infrastructure to make it easier for companies to make their own health apps, raised $101 million in funding. General Catalyst led the series C round.
Evidation, launched as a research app where people can opt into virtual clinical trials, plans to turn some of those insights into digital health programs. The company recently raised $153 million in new funding.
Akili has published data backing the efficacy of its childhood attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) video game therapy EndeavorRx in the peer-review journal Nature Digital Medicine. The results come from the STARS-Adjunct trial, an open-label study of EndeavorRx (AKL-T01) that supported approval of the app and… Read More »Akili’s gaming therapy improves attention in ADHD kids
What You Should Know: – Emergency doctors in the UK have said many electronic health records (EHRs) in use are close to being unacceptable, and this is likely to be having a negative impact on patient care. A national survey of more than 1500 members… Read More »UK ED Dept. Shows Poor Usability for Major EHRs, Survey Finds
Earlier this year, AppliedVR shared results of a pivotal study that it plans to submit to the FDA. It received a breakthrough device designation last year to use its VR platform to treat fibromyalgia and lower back pain.
Dr. Miller, Medical Director of CancerLinQ LLC Despite decades of scientific progress against cancer, access to treatment remains highly unequal. Some of the reasons — like institutional racism and poverty — are a reflection of our broader society. Other inequities may go unrecognized but are… Read More »To Advance Health Equity, Put Real-World Cancer Data to Work
There’s a new kid on the block among companies using artificial intelligence in drug discovery, after 1910 Genetics launched today with $26 million in financing. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup claims it is the only biotech launched so far that will use AI to design both… Read More »AI drug discovery player 1910 Genetics debuts with $26m war chest
In the year since the UK went into its first lockdown to limit the spread of COVID-19 the country’s health service has undergone an unprecedented digital transformation. The NHS quickly scrambled to reduce face-to-face contact between patients and healthcare professionals, and manage demand for services… Read More »Health tech and digital transformation lessons from the NHS
Ginger, a startup that connects users with mental health coaches and therapists, raised $100 million in funding. The company is shifting to a risk-based model as it expands.
Mark Prather MD, MBA, CEO & Co-founder at DispatchHealth The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed how we interact with one another, with businesses, and with the world around us. From social distancing to hand sanitation to remote working, its impact on society is immense. And among… Read More »How the Pandemic is Accelerating the Shift to Alternative Care Delivery Models
What You Should Know: – AppliedVR, a Los Angeles, CA-based company advancing the next generation of digital medicine, today announced $29 million in Series A funding, bringing its total funds raised to date to $35 million. The round, which includes key investors F-Prime Capital, JAZZ… Read More »AppliedVR Lands $29M for VR Platform to Treat Chronic Pain
Ro, a direct-to-consumer health startup, recently raised a $500 million funding round. It plans to use the funds to expand into at-home diagnostics and care.
“Gamification” – adding game-like elements into non-game or real-world settings – has become a popular concept in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, and event industries, especially as virtual engagement becomes more common during COVID-19. However, it is proving more than a mere buzzword. With diverse applications and… Read More »Gamification for patient care, medical education, and virtual engagement
England’s largest NHS Trust, Barts Health, is rolling out a new data analytics app that it says will improve patient care at its five London hospitals. The WeInform app will be used by more than 16,000 employees at the hospitals and various community units, including… Read More »Barts Health puts real-time mobile data into staff hands
What You Should Know: – Evidation Health announced it has raised $153 million in Series E funding co-led by OMERS Growth Equity and Kaiser Permanente Group Trust. Existing investors including McKesson Ventures and B Capital also joined. – Founded in 2012, Evidation measures health in… Read More »Evidation Health Nabs $153M to Expand Virtual Health Programs
Take a poll of any healthcare facility’s visitors, and the majority will tell you they’d like to book appointments online. When Experian Health surveyed more than 860 consumers in late 2020 for its patient access trends survey, 78% of those surveyed said they wanted to… Read More »3 ways to improve the patient experience with online scheduling
Happify Health, a startup building digital health tools, raised $73 million in funding. The company plans to use the funds to build out more specialized solutions for health plans and pharma companies.
In another big tie-up between a telehealth and digital health company, Grand Rounds and Doctor on Demand reached a merger agreement. Grand Rounds CEO Owen Tripp will serve as CEO of the combined business.
What You Should Know: – Glooko, a Palo Alto, CA-based provider of remote patient monitoring and chronic care management solutions including diabetes and obesity, today announced that they have raised a $30 million Series D round of funding. The funding was led by Health Catalyst… Read More »Glooko Raises $30M to Expand Digital Diabetes Management Platform
What You Should Know: – Grand Rounds, a leader in healthcare quality and clinical navigation, and Doctor on Demand, the nation’s leading virtual care provider, announced their merger agreement, creating a first-of-its-kind integrated virtual care company. – These two premier platforms will offer a patient… Read More »Grand Rounds Merges with Doctor on Demand to Create New Virtual Care Company
What You Should Know: – Samsung Medison and Intel are collaborating on NerveTrack™, a real-time nerve tracking ultrasound feature that helps anesthesiologists identify nerves in a patient’s arm to help administer anesthesia quickly and accurately. Leveraging the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit for computer vision and annotation, Samsung Medison’s NerveTrack™ can reduce scanning time by up… Read More »Intel, Samsung Partner on AI-Based Ultrasound Solution for Anesthesia Administration
New biotech Antiverse has raised seed funding of £1.4 million ($2 million) to develop its artificial intelligence-based platform for discovering therapeutic antibodies. The Cardiff, Wales startup is combining machine learning and phage display techniques to model antibody-antigen binding and says it can cut the time… Read More »Welsh startup Antiverse raises $2m for antibody discovery toolkit
Digital health startup Cognoa shared results of a Phase 2 trial of its device, intended to treat Alzheimer’s disease using gamma frequency light and sound. Based on the results, it plans to launch a pivotal study of the treatment.
Read new developments from Serimmune, Allelica, ForSight Robotics, Owlet Baby Care Inc., and Ascension Ventures.
Sleep disturbances are a common feature for people with Parkinson’s disease, and a device developed to help people with insomnia is now being trialled to see if it can improve their sleep quality. The SleepHub device – developed by Barkby group company Cambridge Sleep Sciences… Read More »Cambridge Sleep Sciences’ device is trialled in Parkinson’s
Canada’s Valence Discovery has joined a University of Montreal-led project to try to find new drugs to treat the involuntary movement complications that can accompany treatments for Parkinson’s disease. The go-to treatment for the five million people worldwide with Parkinson’s is levodopa, which replaces the… Read More »AI drug discovery firm Valence joins Parkinson’s disease push
With so many novel drug candidates for Alzheimer’s disease failing in clinical development, researchers in the US have started using artificial intelligence (AI) to screen already-approved therapies for activity against the neurodegenerative disorder. A team based at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School has… Read More »AI platform says Olumiant could be repurposed for Alzheimer’s
Fast growing UK telehealth provider Babylon Health bought a California-based practice as it looks to expand in the U.S. The company has several large contracts, including one to provide telehealth services to the U.K’s National Health Service.
The digital physical therapy company acquired a startup making a small, adhesive device that use electrical pulses for pain treatment.
A smartphone app that uses artificial intelligence to assess the sound of coughing has been launched in the UK, and according to its developer could be an early warning system for COVID-19 and other diseases of the lung. Hyfe uses acoustic technology to track users’… Read More »COVID cough app Hyfe launches in UK and Ireland
What You Should Know: – Moderna and IBM announced their intentions to explore technologies, including artificial intelligence, blockchain and hybrid cloud, that could help support smarter COVID-19 vaccine management. Central to the effort will be a pilot of open, standardized, technology-enabled vaccine distribution approaches aimed… Read More »Moderna, IBM Partner on COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Chain & Distribution Data Sharing
After Livongo sold to Teladoc last year, the company’s former president, Dr. Jennifer Schneider, is starting a new chapter on Cityblock’s board of directors. In an interview with MedCity News, she shared more about why she joined Cityblock and lessons learned during her time at… Read More »Top digital health exec’s advice to startups: Once you think you “know” you’ve lost the game
What You Should Know: – Portland, Oregon-based Reperio Health announced it has raised $6M in seed funding co-led by Caduceus Capital Partners in Nashville, Tenn., and Rogue Venture Partnersin Portland, Ore., with additional investment from Liquid 2 Ventures and G Ventures, both out of the… Read More »Reperio Health Raises $6M to Expand At-Home Wellness Kits to Employer Market
BioIntelliSense Partners with Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for Continuous Monitoring in Clinical Trials
What You Should Know: –BioIntelliSense announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to incorporate the BioSticker™ platform in clinical trials of hematological cancer patients. – The LLS clinical trials will include use of the BioSticker medical device… Read More »BioIntelliSense Partners with Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for Continuous Monitoring in Clinical Trials
Reviv Global and partner V-Health Passport are backing their technology to allow the hospitality industry to reopen safely in resorts such as Las Vegas. V-Health Passport makes use of the Code technology from VST Enterprises and was launched with the backing of Zara and Mike… Read More »Reviv Global and V-Health hope digital passport will reopen Vegas
While half of benefits executives said their mental health coverage was adequate, more than half of employees with a diagnosable condition didn’t receive mental health treatment in the last year, according to a recent survey conducted by mental health startup Lyra Health.
What You Should Know: – Philips and Walt Disney Company, today announced a partnership partners to conduct first of its kind clinical research pilot program that aims to help reduce fear and anxiety to improve children’s patient experience during MRI exams – As part of… Read More »Philips, Disney Partner to Improve Pediatric Experience During MRI Exams
What You Should Know: – CorVista Health, a Toronto-based digital health company dedicated to improving cardiovascular disease diagnosis, announced it has closed a $65 million Series C financing, bringing the total funding to nearly $100 million. – This significant capital provides a runway for ongoing… Read More »CorVista Health Nabs $65M for Non-Invasive Cardiac Diagnostic Platform
Radiologists in Europe could soon have help keeping children calm as they have MRI scans from Disney favourites like Micky Mouse, Winnie the Pooh and the Little Mermaid. Healthcare tech company Philips has teamed up with Walt Disney Corp to develop custom ambient animations –… Read More »Disney characters will lend a hand to kids during MRI scans
Joan Kapusnik-Uner PharmD, FCSHP, FASHP, VP of Clinical Content for First Databank (FDB) As the Biden administration ramps up its efforts to increase the access of COVID-19 vaccines to more Americans, there are a large number of Americans who are skeptical about of the COVID-19 vaccine.… Read More »First Databank Clinician Addresses COVID-19 Vaccine Skepticism – Q/A
In an interview, BrightInsight Co-founder and CEO Kal Patel, MD, offered a preview of the report, The Role of Digital Health in Immuno-oncology Therapy Development and Adoption.
What You Should Know: – Best Buy Health, today announced it is offering a full array of health and safety services available on the Apple Watch to help to make it easier for older adults to stay safe, healthy, and connected. – Now Apple Watch… Read More »Best Buy Health Now Offers Lively Health & Safety Services On Apple Watch For First Time
Wellstar Health System, one of Georgia’s largest and most integrated healthcare systems, and Sharecare, the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place, announced a strategic partnership to collaborate on unique, market-leading innovations in personalized care delivery, population health, and… Read More »Wellstar Invests $10M to Become First Sharecare-Enabled Health System
Numan has added to its digital health stable with the acquisition of Sweden’s Vi Health and its suite of tools including an artificial intelligence-powered symptom checker. UK-based Numan is in the process of building a digital health platform to provide access to medical professionals as… Read More »Numan buys Vi Health to add digital capabilities
Two founders started Oula, a maternity care startup that combines virtual and in-person care. They began seeing patients virtually in December and opened an in-person clinic on Tuesday.
What You Should Know: – Denver-based data startup, Cipher Skin, today announced its $5 million Series A, led by the Boyett Group with participation from Draper Capital, Tribe Capital and TKC Capital to grow its product line and expand into new markets. – Founded in 2017,… Read More »Cipher Skin Lands $5M for Mesh Network of Sensors to Capture Movement
Verily become part of a six-year collaboration between Google Cloud and Highmark Health. A big part of the partnership will be Verily’s platform for managing chronic conditions, Onduo.
What You Should Know: – Health Gorilla raises $15M to scale its FHIR-based API solutions for digital health and expand into new markets. – Health Gorilla will introduce new APIs to enable consumer access to medical records, payer-to-payer data sharing, and data quality assessments. Health… Read More »Health Gorilla Nabs $15M to Expand FHIR-based APIs for Digital Health
What You Should Know: – Highmark Health has engaged Verily to build out digital health tools for patients and analytics solutions for Highmark’s clinicians as part of its Living Health model. This marks the first collaboration of its kind for Verily, Google Cloud and a partner. – Highmark Health… Read More »Highmark Health Taps Verily to Build Digital Health Tools for Living Health Model
With COVID-19 forcing a shift towards decentralised trials, two digital health firms – Medable and Seqster – have teamed up to offer ways to also incorporate real-world data into remote study designs. Decentralised studies reduce or eliminate the need to travel to clinical sites, and… Read More »Medable, Seqster pair up on real-world data for remote trials
By MICHAEL MILLENSON What kind of health care organization would let a 10-year-old child make an instructional video for patients? And what might that decision teach health tech companies trying to gain the trust of consumers? I found myself pondering those questions while listening to… Read More »Can You Trust Digital Health Firms To Trust You?
Otsuka Pharmaceutical is partnering with Click Therapeutics to launch a remote clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of digital therapeutics in reducing depressive symptoms.
Digital health startup AppliedVR shared results from a pivotal study of its platform for lower back pain relief. The company plans to submit the results to the FDA in the next year.
An online consultation app developed by Livi is already available for around five million patients in the UK via NHS practices, and is now starting to roll out in the UK’s private healthcare sector. In the latest move in that direction, Livi will now be… Read More »Livi expands reach for its online consultation app with BMI alliance
A randomized, controlled study published in JAMA Open found that patients who engaged in a virtual physical therapy program saw a greater reduction in knee pain than those who continued with their usual care plan at home. However, the study was not blinded, which could… Read More »Study finds promise in digital programs for treating knee pain
Emory Healthcare Taps Rimidi to Create FHIR-Based Apps for Orthopedic Surgery and Deep Brain Stimulation
What You Should Know: – Rimidi, a cloud-based software platform that enables personalized management of health conditions across populations, today announced a strategic collaboration with Emory Healthcare to develop new patient and provider-facing FHIR apps. – Specifically, the apps will create a more collaborative and… Read More »Emory Healthcare Taps Rimidi to Create FHIR-Based Apps for Orthopedic Surgery and Deep Brain Stimulation
Ashfield Engage has agreed a deal to incorporate Popit’s digital tools in its patient support programmes, with the aim of improving adherence to treatments. Finnish startup Popit has developed a device called Popit Sense that clips to a blister pill sheet and uses technology to… Read More »Ashfield turns to Popit for digital patient support tool
Ford Blakely, SVP & GM, Medallia Zingle Although the vaccine’s rollout is slowly underway, Covid cases worldwide are continuing to reach all-time highs as new mutations make the virus even more contagious than ever before. Not surprisingly, patients’ concerns about visiting their healthcare providers in… Read More »3 Ways to Boost Patient Confidence with Real-Time Contactless Communication
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Source: CVS Health What Should Know: – CVS Health unveils community-based strategy increase access to COVID-19 vaccinations for vulnerable communities and advance vaccine education while combating hesitancy. – The strategy includes a strategic partnership with Lyft to help underserved communities access vaccination appointments by providing… Read More »CVS Launches Community-Based Strategy to Address COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity
Digital health firm Livi is planning to step up its digital campaign to encourage people to get their COVID-19 vaccines in the UK, with messaging designed to provide accurate information to patients and counter social media messages from anti-vaxxer groups. Through its MJog platform the… Read More »Livi fights anti-vaxxers with digital patient messaging campaign
What You Should Know: – This week, the United Kingdom (UK) will be the first country in the world to run a COVID-19 human challenge study, following approval from the UK’s clinical trials ethics body. – First Covid-19 human challenge study will begin within a… Read More »UK Launches World’s First COVID-19 Human Challenge Study
Kroger Health Partners with Gauss to Provide Smartphone-Enabled COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Home Tests What You Should Know: – Kroger Health, the healthcare division of The Kroger Co. announced plans to offer the first smartphone-enabled, at-home Gauss COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Kit to patients nationwide, expanding… Read More »Kroger Health to Offer Smartphone-Enabled COVID-19 Tests Nationwide
What You Should Know: – LinkedIn announces it will utilize its platform to connect healthcare professionals to COVID-19 vaccination distribution volunteer and paid support opportunities with a goal of helping to slow the spread of COVID-19. – Starting today, healthcare organizations, pharmacies and governments that… Read More »LinkedIn Launches Support to Accelerate COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
What You Should Know: – Vytalize Health acquires patient financial experience platform MedPilot to accelerate data-driven engagement technology to its ACO’s Medicare population. – An alumnus of the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator, MedPilot’s platform has already helped over 1 million patients to date and boasts a 97%… Read More »Vytalize Health Acquires Patient Financial Experience Platform MedPilot
What You Should Know: – 98point6 announces the launch of its new virtual behavioral health service – 98point6 Primary Care Plus Behavioral Health. – With primary care at the center, 98point6’s new single-stop virtual care solution helps ensure that every patient is fully supported in… Read More »98point6 Launches New Virtual Behavioral Health Offering
Roche’s Italian subsidiary has joined forces with digital health startup PatchAi to roll out an app that aims to support people diagnosed with cancer. Roche and PatchAi have been working together on the Smart Health Companion (SHC), which was launched to oncology and haematology patients… Read More »Roche and PatchAi partner on digital tool for cancer patients
What You Should Know: – AliveCor, a digital AI-based personal technology provider, and AstraZeneca, a global leader in the biopharmaceutical space, are working together to create more informed disease management solutions across cardiovascular, renal, and metabolism therapeutic areas. – The collaboration will focus on the… Read More »AliveCor, AstraZeneca Partner to Screen for Blood Potassium Levels Via Electrocardiograms
New Digital Health Passport Offers Providence Patients Secure Digital Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Status
What You Should Know: – Lumedic launches a first-of-its-kind commercial technology to offer digital vaccine cards to patients receiving COVID-19 vaccinations at sites affiliated with Providence, one of the nation’s largest health systems. The technology includes a mobile app that gives patients the option to… Read More »New Digital Health Passport Offers Providence Patients Secure Digital Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Status
Healthware Group has partnered with the National Cancer Institute of Naples in Italy to develop and roll out digital health platforms to support research and clinical practice in the treatment of people with cancer. The overall aim of the alliance – which will see Healthware… Read More »Healthware and Italian cancer institute partner on digital health drive
Digital health startup Sharecare plans to go public through a merger with a blank-check company created by Alan Mnuchin. The deal will value the company at $3.9 billion.
What You Should Know: – Digital health company Sharecare and special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), Falcon Capital Acquisition Corp, today announced an agreement to merge to go public on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol SHCR at enterprise value of $3.9B. – The transaction is… Read More »Sharecare to Go Public in SPAC IPO Deal, Reaching $3.9B Valuation
What You Should Know: – Shares of Signify Health, a value-based care billing platform for in-home and bundled health services jumped more than 33% in its initial public offering (IPO), valuing the company at over $7.12B. – Today, Signify Health’s CEO Kyle Armbrester will also… Read More »Signify Health Shares Soar More Than 33% in IPO, Valuing Company at Over $7.12B
Abboud Chaballout, Founder of Diagnoss The timing couldn’t be more critical for us to start making serious headway to reduce the growing problem of burnout among America’s physicians. In 2018, physician burnout was already at an alarming 42%, but that number is growing as COVID-19 cases surge… Read More »Can AI Pave the Path to Reducing Physician Burnout?
MedLumics has raised another €18 million (around $22 million) to fund clinical trials of its optically-guided imaging system used to guide a surgical procedure for atrial fibrillation (AF) – a serious heart condition that causes an irregular heartbeat. The Spanish biotech says the latest round… Read More »MedLumics raises €18 million for atrial fibrillation device
Minal Patel, CEO of Abacus Insights Laurent Rotival, SVP, Strategic Technology Solutions & CIO, Cambia Solutions We are all frustrated when there’s a glitch with our online banking, or if bandwidth problems interfere with streaming the movie we want to watch. Imagine how individuals will… Read More »Health Plans Must Go Beyond the ONC Mandate and Prioritize Member Experience
The recommendations for the Country’s pathway towards DTx are captured in the White Paper “Digital Therapeutics, an Opportunity for Italy” The official journal of the Smith Kline Foundation, Tendenze Nuove, published the White Paper “Digital Therapeutics, an Opportunity for Italy” on 13 January 2021. The… Read More »Italy eyes Digital Therapeutics
At the end of December 2020, Philips announced the planned acquisition of BioTelemetry for $2.8 billion in cash. – BioTelemetry was formed in 2013 after a series of acquisitions from the initial founding company CardioNet, Inc. – CardioNet, Inc. based in San Diego, USA was… Read More »How Will Philips Acquisition of BioTelemetry Impact The Cardiac Monitoring Market?
Most benefits executives plan to use remote patient monitoring more in the future, according to a survey from Employer Health Innovation Roundtable and Hello Heart.
The digital triage platform eConsult that is widely used by NHS GP practices has closed a £7 million funding ($9.6 million) round to expand the service. This latest funding round led by Calculus Capital follows the £5 million from equity investor Gresham Health in October… Read More »eConsult gets further £7m to expand NHS digital triage platform
Walgreens appoints Rosalind (Roz) Brewer as the company’s Chief Executive Officer, effective on March 15, 2021. Brewer will also join the WBA Board of Directors upon assuming the role. She succeeds Stefano Pessina who, as previously announced, will transition to the role of Executive Chairman… Read More »Executive Hires: Walgreens Appoints New CEO, Cityblock Health, Innovaccer, Others
Compute Health Acquisition Corp Chairman Omar Ishrak What You Should Know: – Compute Health Acquisition, a SPAC company targeting the intersection of computation and healthcare announced the pricing of its $750M initial public offering (IPO) by offering 75 million units at $10. Compute Health Acquisition… Read More »SPAC Compute Health Acquisition Prices $750M IPO, Led by Intel Chairman
What You Should Know: – UPMC spinout company Astrata launches a natural language processing (NLP) technology platform that allows health insurers to more efficiently analyze unstructured clinical data. UPMC Enterprises, the innovation and commercialization arm of UPMC has incubated and launched Astrata, a digital healthcare… Read More »UPMC Spinout Astrata Launches NLP Platform to Improve Value-Based Care
What You Should Know: – Verily’s Onduo, known for its tech-based solution for virtual diabetes management, is launching a new multi-condition platform that matches the right care to the right consumer at the right time. The expanded virtual care platform is designed to support patients managing type 2… Read More »Verily’s Onduo Virtual Care Solution Expands to Multi-Condition Platform
A white paper has outlined a pathway that could allow Italy to realise the potential of digital therapeutics (DTx). The official journal of the Smith Kline Foundation, Tendenze Nuove, has published the paper entitled “Digital Therapeutics, an Opportunity for Italy” earlier this month. The book… Read More »White paper reveals pathway for digital therapeutics use in Italy
Kaia Health is adding to its offering for patients with musculoskeletal (MSK) pain via a partnership with Premium Partners to create a “front door” for patients in the US. The Kaia Gateway is accessed via Kaia Health’s existing MSK programme. Pain management is a controversial… Read More »Kaia Health creates new ‘front door’ for MSK pain services
Verily’s virtual diabetes platform, Onduo, is expanding to support additional conditions and languages, Onduo’s CEO Vindell Washington shared. How will the company differentiate itself among a growing number of multi-condition platforms, such as Livongo and Omada?
This is the title of a paper published today with co-authors Suepattra May, Caroline Huber, Meaghan Roach, Wade Aubry, Darius Lakdawalla, John Kane, and Felicia Forma. The subtitle is “Qualitative Case Study of Glucose Monitoring Technology“. The abstract is below. Background: Evaluation of patients with… Read More »Adoption of Digital Health Technologies in the Practice of Behavioral Health
What You Should Know: – Kaiser Permanente signs a multi-year strategic agreement with Accenture and Microsoft to support the healthcare provider’s transition to the cloud environment. – The partnership enables stronger cloud computational power and data insights readily available to care teams, so Kaiser’s members—and… Read More »Kaiser Inks Multi-Year Agreement with Accenture, Microsoft for Cloud Transition
What You Should Know: – Philips announced the launch of the Philips Medical Tablet, an end-to-end, easy-to-implement, portable monitoring kit that enables remote access to patient data and allows clinicians to care for patients outside of the hospital. – Aiming to serve larger patient populations… Read More »Philips Launches Medical Tablet to Expand Remote Patient Management
Highmark BCBS Expands Access to Freespira’s Digital Therapeutic to Help Treat Pain, PTSD, Panic Attacks
What You Should Know: – Health insurer Highmark expands access to FDA-cleared digital therapeutic Freespira proven to reduce the symptoms of panic disorder and PTSD for members in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia. – The announcement follows a pilot study finding that nearly 9 out of… Read More »Highmark BCBS Expands Access to Freespira’s Digital Therapeutic to Help Treat Pain, PTSD, Panic Attacks
What You Should Know: – Casana raises $14M in Series A funding to pursue FDA clearance for its an IoT heart health toilet seat that captures clinically relevant measurements, including heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygenation, and cardiac output. Casana, previously known as Heart Health… Read More »Casana Raises $14M to Expand IoT Heart Health Toilet Seat
What You Should Know: – Capital Rx, the fastest-growing pharmacy benefit manager in the U.S., announced today that it has raised $50 million in Series B financing. – Following the recent launch of JUDITM, the industry’s first Enterprise Pharmacy Platform, Capital Rx will continue to… Read More »Capital Rx Secures $50 Million to Redefine Prescription Pricing
Google Cloud Launches Intelligent COVID-19 Vaccine Impact Solution with AI-Powered Forecasting, Sentiment Analysis
What You Should Know: – Google Cloud, today announced the launch of its Intelligent Vaccine Impact Solution, a set of core solutions to help regional and local governments deliver successful COVID-19 public health strategies, ranging from vaccine information and scheduling to distribution and analytics, to… Read More »Google Cloud Launches Intelligent COVID-19 Vaccine Impact Solution with AI-Powered Forecasting, Sentiment Analysis
What You Should Know: – Today, health AI/predictive analytics company EarlySense announced that it has sold its proprietary contact-free continuous monitoring technology intellectual property (IP) to Hillrom for a cash consideration of $30 million, potential payments based on the achievement of certain commercial milestones, and a portion of Hillrom’s equity investment in EarlySense.… Read More »EarlySense Sells Contact-Free Monitoring IP to Hilron for $30M
What You Should Know: – Humana Inc. and DispatchHealth, a provider of in-home medical care, today announced an agreement to provide Humana members with access to an advanced level of care in the home – to help enhance patients’ experience and health outcomes. The Dispatch-Humana… Read More »Humana Taps DispatchHealth to Power Hospital-Level Care in the Home
What You Should Know: – Modern Health acquires San Francisco-based mental health startup Kip to expand the data-driven capabilities of its mental health and wellness platform supporting 200+ enterprises globally. – Founded in 2015, Kip connects users with qualified therapists and arms them with the… Read More »Modern Health Acquires Mental Health Startup Kip to Expand Data-Driven Capabilities
It’s well recognised that people with psoriasis can develop depression or anxiety, particularly in moderate or severe cases where a sizeable part of the body can have skin lesions. Now, drugmaker Almirall and digital health firm Happify are working on a tool to support mental… Read More »Almirall, Happify partner on digital tool for psoriasis mental health
Mental health startup Lyra Health raised $187 million in funding, giving it a post-money valuation of about $2.3 billion. The company also struck a partnership with EAP-provider ICAS, which would expand its mental health benefit to employees in other countries.
doc.ai logo What You Should Know: – Sharecare acquires doc.ai to expand its engineering expertise, accelerate digital transformation of healthcare through innovative AI platform for an undisclosed sum. – Founded in 2016, the company licenses AI modules and creates products for a portfolio of clients,… Read More »Sharecare Acquires AI-Enabled Digital Transformation Platform doc.ai
What You Should Know: – GetWellNetwork is acquiring Docent Health, a digital health company. Docent provides a patient engagement platform used by healthcare organizations to coordinate personalized care at scale through AI-enabled communication technology. – The acquisition advances GetWellNetwork’s mission to empower patients and families… Read More »GetWellNetwork Acquires Consumer Engagement Platform Docent Health
What You Should Know: – DarioHealth, a Livongo competitor acquires musculoskeletal startup Upright for $31 million to expand their chronic condition management capabilities focused on driving behavior change rather than treating the acute problem. This move will more than double revenue and create one of… Read More »DarioHealth Acquires Musculoskeletal Solution Upright for $31M
Digital health startup DarioHealth bought musculoskeletal startup Upright for $31 million. The company makes adhesive devices users can stick to their back to track their posture.
Giri Rajaiah, Executive Leader, Vice President, Healthcare & Life Sciences, DISYS As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. A similar correlation is seen in the quest to leverage innovation and out-of-the-box thinking to address key problems facing the healthcare industry. The ongoing… Read More »How Automation is Key to the Future of Healthcare Operations
What You Should Know: – New CHIME-KLAS interoperability report reveals steady progress in some areas related to interoperability and leaps forward in others. – A total of 67% of provider organizations reported they often or nearly always had access to needed records in 2020, up… Read More »CHIME-KLAS Report Reveals 10 Key EMR Interoperability Trends
What You Should Know: – Concentra recently transitioned their three-year-old Concentra Telemed® offering from Amwell to the eVisit Virtual Care platform. – The eVisit Virtual Care platform is supporting all of Concentra’s telemedicine requirements, including its industry-leading 24/7/365 Concentra Telemed offering and Concentra Telerehab®, conducting… Read More »Concentra Transitions Telemed Offering from Amwell to eVisit Virtual Care Platform
A group of stakeholders recommended developing reimbursement mechanisms and standards frameworks to help improve uptake of digital mental health tools in the U.S.
From telehealth to digital trials, customer engagement to healthcare data, Healthware Group outlines the key trends that are expected to shake up digital health this year. Well, it goes without saying, COVID-19 has resulted in a rapid adoption of digital technologies across all industries, most… Read More »What we’re expecting in 2021, and beyond…
What You Should Know: – Washington, D.C.-based Hurdle raises $5M in seed funding to accelerate its digital mental health platform for people of color. – Hurdle aims to provide an innovative teletherapy solution for employers and insurers; aims to remove barriers to mental health care… Read More »Hurdle Secures $5M for Digital Mental Health Platform for People of Color
What You Should Know: – West Virginians will now have access to a COVID-19 vaccination pre-registration tool available statewide. – West Virginia is the first state in the nation to deploy this new system through Everbridge, a global provider of critical event management technologies. The tool… Read More »West Virginia Launches Nation’s First Statewide COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
Ralf-Gordon Jahns, Managing Director of R2G For many companies, 2020 has been a devastating year due to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the same can be said for the digital health sector, the pandemic has also paved a way for unexpected and extraordinary… Read More »Top 5 Business Opportunities for Digital Health Companies in 2021. Where Is The Money?
What You Should Know: – Augmedix, a provider of remote medical documentation and live clinical support launches the national rollout of a transformative tech-enabled medical documentation service powered by virtual scribes and created specifically for busy Emergency Department (ED) environments. – Augmedix trains remotely-located scribes… Read More »Augmedix Launches National Roll-Out of Tech-Enabled Virtual Scribes to Assist Busy ED Clinicians
President Joe Biden looks likely to ditch the previous administration’s move to create a quicker route to market for digital health products and other devices following the pandemic emergency. After he took office on Wednesday, Biden quickly moved to freeze a raft of Trump policies,… Read More »Biden likely to ditch Trump’s plans to relax digital health regulations
What You Should Know: – Boston Scientific announces an agreement to acquire Preventice Solutions, a leading developer of mobile health solutions and remote monitoring services that connect patients and caregivers for $925M in cash. – The acquisition of external cardiac monitoring technologies and services providers… Read More »Boston Scientific Acquires Preventice Solutions for $925M in Cash
Between them, Royal Philips and Thermo Fisher have been driving a mini M&A spree in the medical technology sector, snapping up three companies in the last few weeks. Dutch electronics giant Philips’ latest move is to acquire Capsule Technologies, which provides software to link data… Read More »Philips makes another digital buy, as Thermo adds COVID-19 test maker
What You Should Know: – Today, Biobeat, developer of AI-powered remote patient monitoring solutions, announced the launch of its home patient monitoring kit. – The kit, which includes chest-monitors, compatible adhesive units, and a user-friendly manual, allows healthcare providers to bring hospital-level care to patient homes… Read More »Biobeat Launches Home-Based Remote Patient Monitoring Kit
What You Should Know: – Tyto Care announces the launch of its fingertip Pulse Oximeter device, allowing users to measure their own blood oxygen saturation level and heart rate from the comfort and safety of home. – Expanding its clinic-quality remote capabilities, TytoCare users will… Read More »Tyto Care Launches FDA-Cleared Fingertip Pulse Oximeter Medical Device
What You Should Know: – Moderna and Uber announced a partnership to work together initially to provide accessible, credible information on COVID-19 vaccine safety through Uber’s in-app messaging. – The two companies will also work with public health and other organizations to identify additional opportunities… Read More »Uber, Moderna Partner to Increase Access to COVID-19 Vaccines
There is almost no profession that technology hasn’t improved or changed in some way. At the touch of a button, we can order our groceries for delivery to our door. In the near future, drones may become commonplace for mail delivery. Every small change is… Read More »4 Technologies That Are Transforming the Nursing Profession
K Health raised $132 million in funding, which it plans to use to expand its platform into pediatric patients. The company has built a symptom-checker app and lets patients text a primary care physician for an additional fee.
What You Should Know: – mPulse Mobile, the leader in conversational AI solutions for the healthcare industry, will acquire The Big Know, a prominent digital health company transforming how healthcare educates consumers. – A deeper entrenchment in the streaming age and shifting consumer expectations demand a… Read More »mPulse Mobile Acquires Digital Health Engagement Company The Big Know
What You Should Know: – Conversa Health raises an additional $8M, expanding its Series B round to $20M for its automated virtual care platform, totaling $34M in funding to date. – The Series B round, first announced at $12 million in June, was co-led by… Read More »Conversa Health Expands Series B to $20M with Additional $8M in Funding
In the face of COVID-19, healthcare witnessed how crises can become the long-awaited push for creativity and innovation that the industry needs. When our healthcare infrastructure’s weaknesses were exposed, telehealth helped to stitch them up, with the number of telehealth claims increasing 8,336% nationally from… Read More »3 Steps to Maintain Telehealth’s Momentum Post-Pandemic
What You Should Know: – Abbott launches new app, NeuroSphere myPath that will allow patients to record their pain relief during the device trial period with spinal cord stimulation or dorsal root ganglion therapy, simplify reporting outcomes and connect patients to physicians who have real-time… Read More »Abbott to Launch App to Track and Report Pain Relief in Chronic Pain Patients
Developers of digital health tools have benefited from a truncated route to market during the COVID-19 crisis, and that could be made permanent if new FDA guidance is adopted. Pandemic emergency provisions were put in place in March last year to allow certain medical devices… Read More »US eyes permanent change to digital health regulatory path
Heidi Sveistrup, CEO at Bruyère Research Institute Elza Seregelyi, Director at L-SPARK The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is changing the face of healthcare and has the potential to significantly improve patient access as well as system efficiencies. The adoption of telemedicine, for example, spurred… Read More »IoMT Is Improving Patient Access: We Must Avoid Creating New Barriers
The digital therapy provider plans to go public through a blank-check acquisition by Hudson Executive Capital. The deal would value Talkspace at $1.4 billion and provide $250 million in capital.
Belgian drugmaker UCB has been steadily building its digital health expertise for several years, and that includes nurturing new projects. One of those is now being launched as a new company – Nile AI – that aims to improve the care of people with epilepsy.… Read More »UCB backs epilepsy-focused digital heath startup Nile AI
What You Should Know: – Today, CVS Health announced Symphony, a medical alert system designed to keep seniors safe and connected at home. – Symphony consists of a collection of in-home and wearable devices that offer a new at-home experience by connecting a suite of… Read More »CVS Health Launches Senior Medical Alert System, Symphony
What You Should Know: – DTx and Patient Support leaders, Amalgam Rx, Inc., announce the acquisition of Avhana Health, a privately-held clinical decision support (CDS) company. Amalgam Rx, Inc., a Wilmington, DE-based Digital Therapeutics and Patient Support company, announces the acquisition of Avhana Health, a… Read More »Amalgam Rx Acquires Clinical Decision Support Platform Avhana Health – M&A
EtectRx, which makes wireless sensors embedded in medications, struck a partner with Pear Therapeutics. The companies hope to build products together combining medication adherence data with digital therapeutics.
Medicine will never progress without technology—there’s no denying that. But for the foreseeable future, human interaction remains an instrumental part of the healthcare experience.
Flo, a popular period-tracking app, reached a settlement with the FTC over allegations that it misled users about how their health information would be shared. As part of the settlement, the startup is required to conduct an independent review of its privacy practices.
What You Should Know: – NRC Health today released its 2021 Healthcare Consumer Trends Report, which surveyed 2 million healthcare consumers against the backdrop of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. – The latest report highlights the major trends that came to light last year, and how… Read More »How COVID-19 Reshaped Healthcare Consumerism & 4 Key Trends to Know for 2021
What You Should Know: – NeuroFlow raises $20M to expand its technology-enabled behavioral health integration platform, led by Magellan Health. – NeuroFlow’s suite of HIPAA-compliant, cloud-based tools simplify remote patient monitoring, enable risk stratification, and facilitate collaborative care. With NeuroFlow, health care organizations can finally… Read More »NeuroFlow Secures $20M for Tech-Enabled Behavioral Health Integration Platform
Israeli company Itamar Medical has agreed to acquire Spry Health, aiming to use the US company’s wearable technology to develop a watch-like remote monitor for sleep apnoea, a potentially life-threatening condition. Itamar already markets a sensing device called WatchPAT that attaches to the finger during… Read More »Itamar buys Spry to add wearable to its sleep apnoea detectors
Jonathan Siddharth, co-founder and CEO of Turing, talks about how the company provides access to a global pool of 170,000 talented software engineers in more than 50 countries to support the healthcare industry and other sectors.
In an increasingly crowded landscape, digital health startups must figure out what sets them apart. Three startup leaders shared what differentiates their companies from the competition at this year’s J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference.
What You Should Know: – Teladoc Health and Dexcom announced an expanded partnership on a new offering measures the impact of continuous glucose monitoring and real-time health recommendations for people with Type 2 diabetes at no cost. Teladoc Health, Inc., the first and only comprehensive… Read More »Teladoc Health, Dexcom Offers CGM-Powered insights to People with Type 2 Diabetes
What You Should Know: – Nuance Communications, Inc. launched an AI-powered patient engagement virtual assistant platform to transform omnichannel digital experiences for patients. – Healthcare provider organizations can now deploy a single, common cloud-based platform to support their entire patient journey across engagement channels using… Read More »Nuance Launches AI-Powered Patient Engagement Virtual Assistant Platform
What You Should Know: – Frenova Renal Research, a global division of Fresenius Medical Care, announced today that it has started to enroll patients in its new endeavor to build the world’s largest genomics registry targeting kidney disease. – The registry will be used to help… Read More »Frenova Begins Patient Enrollment to Build World’s Largest Genomics Registry for Kidney Disease
With the ink barely dry on its last merger agreement, clinical trial and imaging specialist Bioclinica is on an expansive drive once again, buying digital clinical trial specialist Saliency. Silicon Valley-based Saliency adds an artificial intelligence (AI) powered software platform that speeds up analysis of… Read More »Bioclinica boosts digital trial credentials with Saliency buy
John Langton, Ph.D. Director of Applied Data Science, Wolters Kluwer, Health Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals and health systems have pushed forward with innovative technology solutions with great expediency and proficiency. Healthcare organizations were quick to launch telehealth solutions and advance digital… Read More »Transforming Care Delivery Through AI-Powered Predictive Surveillance
What You Should Know: – Transformation Capital Partners, L.P. (“Transformation Capital”) announced the launches of it’s $500M growth equity fund, Transformation Capital Fund II, L.P. – The new fund will focus on investing between $10 to $30M in commercial-stage digital health companies and technology-enabled service… Read More »Transformation Capital Launches $500M Digital Health Fund
Hinge Health, a startup offering virtual physical therapy, recently raised $300 million in funding. The company now has a value of more than $3 billion, the company confirmed.
Healthcare technology companies raised a record of $15.3 billion in 2020, according to a report from Silicon Valley Bank. For the first time, digital health companies surpassed biopharma for the number of deals.
Mike McSherry, CEO & Co-founder of Xealth HIT Consultant sat down with Mike McSherry, CEO, and co-founder of Seattle-based digital prescription platform Xealth to discuss digital health lessons learned in 2020 and what we can expect in 2021. As Xealth’s CEO, Mike also works with… Read More »Xealth’s CEO Shares Impact of Digital Health in 2020 and What’s Ahead in 2021
Cone Health’s Green Valley Campus What You Should Know: – Cone Health transforms its maternity campus into North Carolina’s first designated COVID-19 hospital in 28 days. Cone Health transformed its former women’s health campus into a designated COVID-19 hospital in 28 days. Using teamwork and technology, the Cone Health Green Valley campus in Greensboro, North… Read More »Cone Health Transforms Maternity Campus into COVID-19 Only Hospital in 28 Days
What You Should Know: – Withings partners with healthcare IT integration company Redox, which will make its remote patient monitoring solution, Withings MED·PRO CARE, compatible with nearly all EHRs used by physicians, hospitals, and medical institutions. – Through the partnership, physicians can now order and… Read More »Withings, Redox Partner to Make Remote Patient Monitoring Devices Integrated With All EHRs
What You Should Know: – RenalytixAI and DaVita announce a program partnership that aims to slow kidney disease progression and improve outcomes for the nation’s estimated 37 million adults with chronic kidney disease (CKD). – This is the first clinical-grade program that delivers advanced early-stage… Read More »DaVita & RenalytixAI Partner for Early Risk Identification to Help Slow Kidney Disease Progression
Dr. Justin Graham, Chief Medical Officer, GYANT The rapid development of a COVID-19 vaccine is a monumental achievement, but it does nothing to address our extremely fragmented healthcare system. In 2021, policymakers must create and extend incentives to providers to work together to keep patients… Read More »20 COVID-19 Predictions and Trends for 2021 – Executive Roundup
Private medical insurance company Further Group has ramped up its presence in digital healthcare by merging with Trustedoctor, a startup that puts patients in contact with medical professionals. Further – which was rebranded from BDU International last year – specialises in providing cross-border health insurance… Read More »Further, Trustedoctor merge to provide ‘borderless’ healthcare
New Models of Care in the Post-Covid Healthcare World Observations on models of care in a post-COVID world from HLTH VRTL 2020 with comments on applicability to autoimmune conditions. The Doctor Weighs In
What You Should Know: – Conversa Health’s COVID-19 programs now include patient monitoring pre- and post-vaccination, education on vaccines, and appointment reminders. – Healthcare workers at UCHealth in Colorado are receiving 24/7 monitoring of vital signs two days before and seven days after receiving their… Read More »UCHealth Taps Conversa Health to Track COVID-19 Vaccine Effects on Frontline Healthcare Workers
Dr. Paul Hain, Chief Medical Officer of GoHealth Telehealth is Here to Stay in 2021 Prior to the pandemic, telehealth was a limited ad-hoc service with geographic and provider restrictions. However, with both the pandemic restrictions on face to face interactions and a relaxation of… Read More »12 Telehealth & Virtual Care Predictions and Trends for 2021 Roundup
Adam Sabloff, Founder and CEO of VirtualHealth As we re-examine the healthcare system in the wake of the pandemic, we are continually identifying opportunities to rebuild parts of the system to new and improved specifications. One critical facet is digital health, where we continue to… Read More »How to Capitalize on Digital Health Momentum in 2021
Teladoc Health and Livongo Merge The combination of Teladoc Health and Livongo creates a global leader in consumer-centered virtual care. The combined company is positioned to execute quantified opportunities to drive revenue synergies of $100 million by the end of the second year following the… Read More »2020’s Top 20 Digital Health M&A Deals Totaled $50B
If there is any lesson to be drawn from 2020, it’s that making predictions for the year ahead is an act of hubris. Despite that, some clear trends have emerged.
The Tencent-backed company, which offers a community for clinicians in China and consumer-facing information, raised $500 million in funding.
As we close out the year, we asked several healthcare executives to share their predictions and trends for 2021. Kimberly Powell, Vice President & General Manager, NVIDIA Healthcare Federated Learning: The clinical community will increase their use of federated learning approaches to build robust AI models across various… Read More »30 Executives Share Top Healthcare Predictions & Trends to Watch in 2021
The insurer picked digital health startup Vida to offer a virtual diabetes management program for Medicaid patients in Kentucky.
Rehovot Science Park What You Should Know: – Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Merck, and Teva, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been selected by the Israel Innovation Authority to establish an innovation lab in the fields of digital health and computational biology. – The innovation lab located… Read More »Amazon, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Merck to Build $10M Digital Health Innovation Lab in Israel
What You Should Know: – Service commerce platform EverCommerce acquires Dublin, OH-based Updox, a healthcare communication platform for in-person and virtual care. – The acquisition expands EverCommerce’s health services portfolio and enables the companies to further their shared goal of simplifying the business of healthcare… Read More »M&A: EverCommerce Acquires Healthcare Communication Platform Updox
Reviewing 2019’s key digital health stories last year I suggested that, while big strides continued to be made, any definitive ‘coming of age’ moment for the sector was unlikely. But that was before the first reports emerged of a highly contagious coronavirus and 2020 will… Read More »5 ways digital health, and digital pharma, changed in 2020
What You Should Know: – Amazon, CVS Health, Thermo Fisher Scientific join forces to promote employer-based testing As part of a comprehensive COVID-19 testing strategy. – The coalition, named Workplace Employers Alliance for COVID-19 Testing (WE ACT), believes that employer-based testing programs are essential to… Read More »Amazon, CVS Health, Thermo Fisher Scientific Form Alliance for Employer-based COVID-19 Testing
Lyft Launches 60M Ride COVID-19 Vaccine Access Campaign with Anthem, Chase, Epic, United Way, Others
What You Should Know: – In partnership with JP Morgan Chase; United Way; top healthcare organizations including Anthem, Centene, One Medical and Epic; and other non-profit and community partners, Lyft’s goal is to facilitate 60M safe rides to vaccination sites. – Lyft’s vaccine access campaign… Read More »Lyft Launches 60M Ride COVID-19 Vaccine Access Campaign with Anthem, Chase, Epic, United Way, Others
What You Should Know: – Humana Healthy Horizons™ in Kentucky announced it has selected Vida Health’s virtual diabetes management program to serve Kentucky’s Medicaid population. – Vida’s diabetes management program achieves lasting results for participants. Because chronic conditions like diabetes, obesity, and hypertension often occur simultaneously,… Read More »Humana Taps Vida Health to Power Virtual Diabetes Management for Kentucky’s Medicaid Population
What You Should Know: – Philips and BioIntelliSense has been selected by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) to receive nearly $2.8M from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to validate BioIntelliSense’s FDA-cleared BioSticker device for the early detection of COVID-19 symptoms.… Read More »DoD Awards $2.8M to Philips & BioIntelliSense to Validate Wearable for Early COVID-19 Detection
Andrei Pop, Founder, and CEO of Human API, A recent BBC article discusses the rise in employee health tracking via wearable devices and highlights a number of concerns around data privacy. To try and prevent health tracking schemes from crossing ethical lines, and eroding trust… Read More »Human API CEO Talks Data Privacy Concerns in Employee Wellness Programs
More than 1,000 NHS patients have booked flu vaccinations using a virtual assistant as part of a pilot project in the south east of England. The pilot project, run in collaboration with GP practices in Buckinghamshire, Brent, and Greenwich, involved patients using the Ask NHS… Read More »NHS pilots virtual assistant for flu jab bookings
Update on Heart Rhythm Detection Devices for Remote Patient Monitoring Advances in the detection of heart rhythms using medical-grade but consumer-facing remote patient monitoring – product reviews The Doctor Weighs In
An in-depth look at twelve recently released COVID-19 vaccine management solutions as COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed nationwide. 1. Microsoft Microsoft launches a COVID-19 vaccine management platform with partners Accenture and Avanade, EY, and Mazik Global to help government and healthcare customers provide fair and… Read More »12 Recently Launched COVID-19 Vaccine Management Solutions to Know
What You Should Know: – Philips acquires BioTelemetry, a U.S. provider of remote cardiac diagnostics and monitoring for $72.00 per share for an implied enterprise value of $2.8 billion (approx. EUR 2.3 billion). – With $439M in revenue in 2019, BioTelemetry annually monitors over 1… Read More »M&A: Philips Acquires Remote Cardiac Monitoring BioTelemetry for $2.8B
The company, which offers a text-based primary care platform, is building a suite of technology to support its physicians.
What You Should Know: – Data analytics and digital health company MDClone announced a partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) VHA Innovation Ecosystem to democratize data and provide better, smarter, faster healthcare to U.S Veterans. – By leveraging MDClone’s data platform, the VHA… Read More »VHA Innovation Ecosystem Taps MDClone to Leverage Synthetic Data for Faster Healthcare to Veterans
The managed care company picked six mental health apps that it made available to its members over the past two years. It recently published a paper showing patients were more likely to download or use digital health tools when referred by a physician.
Tik Tok is unlikely to spring to mind as a source of reliable information about complex issues, but scientists are using it to fly the flag for COVID-19 vaccines and other health topics. The social media platform, which allows users to share short and often… Read More »Scientists and medics turn to TikTok to reassure public on vaccine safety
What You Should Know: – Artificial intelligence algorithms can predict outcomes of COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms in emergency rooms, according to recent research findings published in Radiology: Artificial Intelligence journal. – Researchers trained the algorithm from data on 338 positive COVID-19 patients between the… Read More »AI Algorithms Can Predict Outcomes of COVID-19 Patients with Mild Symptoms in ER
With the US and other major countries poised to begin national distribution of multiple FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines, the cybersecurity threats to secure COVID19 vaccine distribution is imminent. Earlier this month, IBM released a report on malicious cyber actors targeting the COVID-19 cold chain—an integral part… Read More »How Hackers Are Targeting COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Chain – Q/A
Apps that patients can use to report symptoms and seek advice on treatment are highly variable in their accuracy, but some come close to matching GPs, says a new study. The peer-reviewed study – published in the journal BMJ Open – compared eight of the… Read More »Study finds big differences between top symptom checker apps
What You Should Know: – Microsoft launches a COVID-19 vaccine management platform with partners Accenture and Avanade, EY, and Mazik Global to help government and healthcare customers provide fair and equitable vaccine distribution, administration, and monitoring of vaccine delivery. – Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) has deployed over… Read More »Microsoft Deploys COVID-19 Vaccine Management Platform
What You Should Know: – The digital diabetes market is on track to reach $1.5 billion dollars by 2024, according to a new report by Research2Guidance. – The confident growth of digital diabetes care will be driven by the growth of the global addressable market for digital… Read More »Digital Diabetes Market to Reach $1.5B by 2024, Research Finds
After a banner year for digital health, characterized by record adoption and investment, what will come next? Partners with Boston Consulting Group’s Digital Ventures shared their predictions for 2021.
The pharma industry has been making great strides forward in digital health, but one element of that – gamification – hasn’t yet made much headway in the sector. Armed with new data from a randomised clinical trial, one company is hoping to change that mindset.… Read More »Pharma still reluctant to back gamification for health; interview
The 3rd generation pharmaceuticals- Digital therapeutics- have become a much-discussed aspect of MedTech today, as they compete with established drug-based pharmaceutical and biotech products to become therapeutic interventions for many acute and chronic diseases. Currently, many small- and mid-size companies are working to develop, manufacture… Read More »Treating Patients with Software: Digital Therapeutics
Xealth and Cerner had been working together after the health IT vendor invested in Xealth earlier this year. The companies brought on Banner Health as their first client.
What You Should Know: – Cerner Corporation today announced with Xealth new centralized digital ordering and monitoring for health systems, starting with Banner Health, to foster digital innovation. – Health systems can prescribe digital therapeutics, smartphones, and internet apps directly within the EHR to address… Read More »Cerner, Banner Health, Xealth Partner to Simplify How Clinicians Prescribe Digital Health
What You Should Know: – LA-based Scanwell Health announced today that its at-home UTI test kits – featuring the first FDA-cleared urinalysis app that lets people test for a UTI without having to visit a lab or doctor – is now available on Amazon.com. –… Read More »Scanwell Health’s FDA-Cleared, Smartphone-Enabled UTI Test Kit Now Available at Amazon
What You Should Know: – Virtual maternity care platform Babyscripts announced a new round of investments from Banner Health, CU Healthcare Innovation Fund, The Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Health Network, and WellSpan Health – Using internet-connected devices for remote monitoring, Babyscripts offers risk-specific… Read More »Banner Health, WellSpan, Others Invest in Virtual Maternity Care Platform Babyscripts
Google Health Studies App Launches in Partnership with Harvard Medical School & Boston Children’s Hospital
What You Should Know: – Google announces the launch of its Google Health Studies App with the first study focused on respiratory illness in partnership with Harvard Medical School & Boston Children’s Hospital. – Google Health Studies aims to create opportunities for more people to… Read More »Google Health Studies App Launches in Partnership with Harvard Medical School & Boston Children’s Hospital
Freespira Secures $10M for FDA-Cleared Digital Therapeutic to Eliminate Panic Attacks, PTSD Symptoms
What You Should Know: – Lightspeed Venture Partners, the VC behind Nest and GrubHub, is leading a $10 million round for Freespira, an FDA-cleared digital therapeutic proven to significantly reduce or eliminate panic attacks and PTSD symptoms by training users to normalize respiratory irregularities. –… Read More »Freespira Secures $10M for FDA-Cleared Digital Therapeutic to Eliminate Panic Attacks, PTSD Symptoms
What You Should Know: – San Francisco-based digital health startup Pair Team emerges out of stealth with $2.7M in seed funding backed by Kleiner Perkins, Craft Ventures, & YC. – Pair Team provides both a remote team and AI that automates workflows, provides infrastructure &… Read More »Pair Team Emerges Out of Stealth with $2.7M to Automate Primary Care Operations
SoftBank’s second Vision Fund led the recent funding round. Pear plans to use it to accelerate reimbursement coverage for its three FDA-cleared products.
What You Should Know: – Pear Therapeutics today announced that it has successfully closed an $80 million Series D financing led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2. – Pear is the leader in prescription digital therapeutics and the first company to receive FDA authorization for a… Read More »Pear Therapeutics Raises $80M to Advance Prescription Digital Therapeutics
What You Should Know: – Ro announced it has acquired Workpath, a technology platform that powers on-demand, in-home healthcare and diagnostics services nationwide. – Through this acquisition, Ro’s platform will now uniquely bring together a patient’s doctor, pharmacy, and diagnostics/lab–offering a personalized, end-to-end experience with… Read More »M&A: Ro Acquires On-Demand, In-Home Platform Workpath
What You Should Know: – Digital health startup Kleva Health launches FDA authorized saliva at-home COVID-19 test kit and raises $1.5 million in seed funding. – Kleva Health’s At-Home COVID-19 Saliva Test Kit will be available for orders on its website, klevahealth.com, and will retail… Read More »Kleva Health Launches FDA Authorized Saliva At-Home COVID-19 Test Kit for $149
Tom Stanis, Verily’s co-founder and former head of software, left the Alphabet subsidiary in February to found a new healthcare startup. Called Story Health, his new startup is focused on providing care in the gaps between specialty visits.
What You Should Know: – Wolters Kluwer, Health launches new Alexa skill, Emmi Care Plan to keep patients engaged with their care team at home following discharge from the hospital. – Using a natural dialogue that automatically adjusts to patient responses, customers can engage with… Read More »Wolters Kluwer Launches Alexa Skill to Keep Patients Engaged With Their Care Team at Home
What You Should Know: – Highmark, one of the largest Blues plans, has chosen Lark Health for its chronic disease prevention and management platform. – Members will have access to Lark’s 24/7 AI-based coaching and programs to manage diabetes, hypertension, and prevent chronic conditions. Highmark… Read More »Highmark Taps Lark Health for AI-Driven Chronic Disease Management/Prevention
PRISYM 360 Achieves SAP® Certification as Integrated with Cloud Solutions from SAP The latest version of the PRISYM 360 intelligent data import connector now has SAP-certified integration using SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite Wokingham, United Kingdom — 7 December 2020 — PRISYM ID, a leading provider… Read More »PRISYM 360 Achieves SAP® Certification as Integrated with Cloud Solutions from SAP
Israel’s specialist venture capital firm, Olive Tree Ventures (OTV) has closed a fund worth $170 million, with plans to expand its portfolio of digital health firms. OTV is the only VC in Israel whose main focus is digital health, specialising in supporting portfolio companies reaching… Read More »Olive Tree Ventures closes $170m dedicated digital health fund
With the rise of telemedicine due to the COVID-19 pandemic and–before that–the increasing ubiquity of smartphones, digital medicine appears to be the wave of the future. At least that is the topic of a recent article on health care and technology in The Economist. Despite… Read More »Are we at ‘The dawn of digital medicine’?
What You Should Know: – OTV (formerly Olive Tree Ventures), Israel’s ‘digital health first’ venture capital firm closes $170 million venture fund to support innovative digital health companies worldwide. – OTV also announced today a new China office and the appointment of Jose Antonio Urrutia Rivas… Read More »Israeli Digital Health VC Firm OTV Closes $170M Venture Fund
What You Should Know: – Northwell Health announced that its Northwell Direct unit, which works with large employers, will be offering Conversa HealthCheck to screen employees, customers, students, and visitors. – HealthCheck is a quick, chat-based electronic screening for symptoms and signs of exposure to… Read More »Northwell Health Offers COVID-19 Screening Chat for NY Schools and Employers
What You Should Know: – On the heels of $225.5 million dollars in funding and a $1.5B valuation this week, Olive today announced its acquisition of Verata Health to create a combined AI prior authorization solution for providers and payers under the Olive name. –… Read More »M&A: Olive Acquires AI Prior Authorization Company Verata Health
A heart monitor developed by iRhythm has become the first product to be endorsed by NICE in a pilot project covering digital health technologies. In new guidance, the health technology assessment (HTA) agency has recommended iRhythm’s Zio XT service for detecting abnormal heart rhythms –… Read More »iRhythm digital heart monitoring service backed by NICE
What You Should Know: – Built-in collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Google is piloting a new tool to help patients plan for medical visits. – The new Google visit planning tool makes it easy for patients and those who care… Read More »AHRQ and Google Pilot New Tool to Help Patients Plan for Medical Visits
The Stanford Center for Digital Health recently released the Stanford Center for Digital Health Landscape Report, a first of its kind, comprehensive analysis of digital health efforts across Stanford. The report includes a deep dive into academic literature, detailed research trends, and unique institutional insights… Read More »The Stanford Center for Digital Health Landscape Report
HHS Taps CVS Health for Pilot to Administer COVID-19 Therapy to Patients At Home & Long-Term Care Facilities
What You Should Know: – Today, CVS Health was selected by HHS, as part of Operation Warp Speed, to pilot the administration of a limited supply of bamlanivimab, a monoclonal antibody therapy, with eligible COVID-19 patients at-risk of severe infection or complications resulting from the… Read More »HHS Taps CVS Health for Pilot to Administer COVID-19 Therapy to Patients At Home & Long-Term Care Facilities
Not too long ago virtual reality (VR) tech might have seemed like a dream, but now it’s being harnessed by the healthcare industry for a wide variety of purposes, and during COVID-19 has helped educate physicians when real-world training isn’t feasible Commercial VR is still… Read More »VR, COVID and ensuring safety with cutting-edge tech
Healthcare agency, consultancy and digital health group Healthware Group has acquired Finland-based digital service development and creative agency Make Helsinki. The acquisition builds on prior collaborations between the two organisations, including in best-in-class full-service agency offerings, digital transformation, technology/enterprise solutions and corporate venturing. The move… Read More »Healthware Group buys Finnish digital agency Make Helsinki
For so long the US healthcare system was built around the provider, with appointments and services set by the provider (along with insurance reimbursement systems). This structure relies on in-person visits of patients to operate and become profitable. But when the industry suddenly shifted due… Read More »Healthcare that no longer leaves out the patient
Healthcare agency, consultancy and digital health group, Healthware, has announced the acquisition of Finland-based digital service development and creative agency Make Helsinki. Healthware strengthens its geographical coverage with the creation of a hub dedicated to the Nordics and Baltics region The deal combines Healthware’s consulting,… Read More »Healthware Group announces acquisition of Make Helsinki
In Europe, three major categories of care currently being aided by digital tools: distance diagnoses, internal communications, and external collaborations.
We speak to finalists from the Greater Manchester Future of Health accelerator to find out how digital start-ups can overcome the challenges small companies face in bringing their technologies into the NHS. Right now the NHS is embracing digital to an extent no one could… Read More »Navigating the NHS as a digital start-up
UK artificial intelligence startup Okra Technologies has launched a new software platform that it claims can take the guesswork out of the price that can be charged for new drugs, years ahead of launch. The AI system – called ValueScope – can predict the price… Read More »Okra says AI-based drug price predictor is 90% accurate
The US government has introduced a scheme to allow hospitals to reduce the number of inpatients they see through a telehealth platform that would helps deliver acute care at home. The move comes as the number of new cases of COVID-19 have been climbing to… Read More »As COVID-19 cases swell, US extends telehealth to acute care
What You Should Know: – Israeli-based G Medical Innovation has withdrawn its plans for an initial public offering (IPO) on Tuesday, Nasdaq first reports. – The company originally filed an IPO to raise $30 million by offering 5 million shares at a price range of… Read More »Israeli Digital Health Startup G Medical Innovations Withdraws $30M US IPO
Recent Executive Hires: CVS Health New President, Cleveland Clinic/Amwell Joint Venture Leadership, Others
Neela Montgomery, EVP & President at CVS Pharmacy/Retail CVS Health Corporation names Neela Montgomery Executive Vice President and President of CVS Pharmacy/Retail, effective November 30, 2020. Montgomery will oversee the company’s 10,000 pharmacies across the United States. Montgomery, currently a Board Partner at venture capital… Read More »Recent Executive Hires: CVS Health New President, Cleveland Clinic/Amwell Joint Venture Leadership, Others
What You Should Know: – Zebra Medical Vision, the deep-learning medical imaging analytics company, and Scottish digital transformation consultancy Storm ID were chosen to co-develop new AI-based osteoporosis prevention solutions under EUREKA intergovernmental network. – The UK-Israel research and development grant will be co-developed with… Read More »Zebra Medical Vision to Co-Develop AI-Based Models for Osteoporosis Early Detection & Prevention
Investments are expected to decline at the end of 2020 after digital health saw record highs last quarter, according to early data from CBInsights.
Former chief digital officer for the NHS, Juliet Bauer, is now applying her experience to the private sector through video consultation firm Livi. She shares her thoughts on how well the NHS is integrating digital health and what the public and private sectors can do… Read More »A pivotal moment for digital health adoption
An artificial intelligence tool developed by GE Healthcare twinned with a mobile X-ray device can help the placement of endotracheal tubes (ETTs), a necessary step for COVID-19 patients who require ventilation. The new tool – part of GE’s Critical Care Suite 2.0 – helps bedside… Read More »GE Healthcare’s AI tool helps clinicians intubate patients accurately and safely
What You Should Know: – UCB has selected Medisafe to develop branded digital drug companions for antiepileptic medications, marking the company’s official entry into the digital therapeutics space. – The initial collaboration will primarily be focused on their antiepileptic medications, but they are exploring its… Read More »UCB Taps Medisafe to Develop Branded Digital Drug Companions for Antiepileptic Medications
Spring Health, a startup that offers mental health services as an employee benefit, raised $75 million in funding. The New York-based startup matches employees with therapy and other mental health services.
A merger involving two US digital health specialists and a blank cheque company has created a telemedicine player, called UpHealth, that is valued at more than $1.3 billion. The three-way deal combines UpHealth – which provides patient care management, telemedicine and digital pharmacy services and… Read More »Digital health player UpHealth swells with three-way merger
What You Should Know: – GigCapital2 Inc has agreed to merge with UpHealth Holdings Inc and Cloudbreak Health LLC to create a public digital healthcare company valued at $1.35 billion, including debt, the blankcheck acquisition company said on Monday. – The combined company will be… Read More »SPAC Mergers with 2 Telehealth Companies to Form Public Digital Health Company in $1.35B Deal